A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
Published: March 9, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Historical Fiction
This is one of those books that I sort of dread writing a review for because although I enjoyed it, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me and I don’t have much to say about it. I’ve been interested in reading this book for a while, and a lot of people have said they love the series. It sounded like something different from what I usually read, so I picked it up on a whim.
I think the first thing that I noticed is the time period. As soon as I started reading it I was reminded of (yep, you guessed it), Downton Abbey (the only thing I talk about on this blog as of late). I guess it’s just because they’re around the same era, so it was the first thing my mind connected to. I also noticed that the book as a whole felt a bit immature and young. I think this has something to do with the reservedness and simplicity of the time period this book is set in, as well as the writing. I would easily recommend this one to preteens as well as teens because it was relatively uncomplicated and light.
Like I mentioned before, nothing about this book was particularly memorable. The characters were interesting enough, and the plot was intriguing, but the whole thing felt rather juvenile. It wasn’t boring, though. Seeing as mystery a genre I don’t often read, and am not very interested in, this book did a god job keeping my attention. It was not predictable and I never dreaded picking it up (although I could just as easily put it aside for a while). It’s one of those books where you don’t have to think very hard, and I could count on it to be a quick escape.
Personally I would recommend this to younger teens, but I’ve heard many adults say they enjoy the series as well, so who am I to call it juvenile? I also think this is an excellent book if, like me, you don’t read much mystery but are ready to try something new. It’s a nice blend of historical fiction and mystery, and is an easy and light read. I doubt I’ll remember much from this book, but I’ll definitely consider picking up the sequel next time I’m looking for a fun, different read.